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Bias, misconception, and public health Part 1 – Episode 56 with Dr Dan Jolley & Dr Alex De Lyon


Enjoy discussion, debate, and revealing research about the modern personal training industry! Bias is a common feature in everyone’s life, but when bias becomes ingrained that it leads to fundamentally incorrect misconceptions that influence fitness trainer, coach and client behaviours, it has the potential to derail goal achievement and may even cause harm! Is there a growing requirement within the job role of the modern personal fitness trainer, that is not being addressed in vocational education? What are the problems of operating beyond professional scope of practice? All these are addressed in this important 2-part episode as we unravel details regarding fitness-related confirmation bias, misconception and public health misinformation!

Guest biographies

Dr Alex De Lyon

Dr Alex De Lyon: an internationally accredited Personal Trainer and Health & Exercise Specialist with over 14 years of experience in health and fitness. He holds a PhD in the field of Sport & Exercise Science, an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology, and a First-Class degree in Sports Coaching & Performance. Alex’s research has explored the role of fitness professionals in public health, with a particular focus on the knowledge, skills and qualities required of personal trainers. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented internationally, and included in fitness and leisure reports. Alex has worked on projects with The English Football Association, The Lawn Tennis Association and The British Academy. Visit Dr Alex’s PT website.

Dr Dan Jolley

Dr Dan Jolley: course coordinator for Fitness at South Metropolitan TAFE, in Perth, Western Australia. He teaches professional fitness certifications in Australia. Dan completed a PhD in Educational Psychology, looking at the knowledge, and sources of information, of personal trainers. He has also earned a BSc in Exercise Science, and an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Dan has worked as a strength and conditioning coach in cricket and Australian Football. He represented Australia in American Football as both a player and coach and was the strength and conditioning lead for the men’s national team for the 2011 & 2015 World Championships. Visit Dr Dan’s website.

Episode content: Bias, misconception and public health

In part 1 of this episode, we discuss the PT Dr’s primary findings in their published research on bias, misconception and public health, and then we open up about the impact these findings have on the wider fitness industry.

  • 3:34 Bias, misconception, and justifying our past choices
  • 8:37 The impact on the wider fitness industry
  • 9:56 Professional experience does not associate with increased knowledge
  • 15:22 Fitness professionals are an important, but undervalued health resource
  • 18:07 Education providers, fitness trainers, and employers may not be fully aligned in serving public health needs
  • 20:34 Protecting the fitness professionals scope of practice
  • 23:18 Qualified trainers acting in opposition to the knowledge taught
  • 28:05 Pressure from employers to work outside of current knowledge and skills
  • 35:22 Is there a place for self-taught ‘expertise’ or do all skills need formal certification?
  • 40:16 Defining the scope of practice and leveraging professional referral

Connect over social media

Dr Alex De Lyon: Facebook Instagram Twitter

Dr Dan Jolley: Facebook Instagram Twitter

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European fitness standards – Episode 12 with Julian Berriman


A detailed look into the operations of one of Europe’s leading organisations that champions fitness throughout the continent. Europe Active strives to set high professional European fitness standards for education that fitness professionals and organisations follow to keep the industry functioning successfully.

Guest biography

Julian currently works as the Director of the Professional Standards Committee for Europe Active, the leading not-for-profit organization representing the whole health and fitness sector in Europe. The Professional Standards Committee focuses on the development and dissemination of European fitness standards for education, accrediting training providers across Europe to deliver qualifications in line with these standards towards the professionalisation of the health and fitness sector workforce. The Level 4 Personal Training certification standards have been created and maintained by Europe Active for the whole European region.

Julian previously worked for nearly 2 decades for the leading UK business to consumer fitness education provider, Premier Global, as Director of Research and Development, developing qualification content, innovative education products, and helping drive UK national fitness standards. His involvement, experience and knowledge of fitness education requirements to meet the growing demands of the modern industry workplace is testament to why he now spearheads this work driving the European fitness standards across the region.

Alongside his Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Therapy, Julian has degrees in Sport and Recreation (BA), in Leisure Management (MA), Osteopathy (BSc), and also a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

Julian Berriman, Director of the Professional standards committee

Episode content: European fitness standards

In this episode we get to know Julian and his professional background and explore the following topics:

  • the experience of working as a fitness tutor in the UK
  • as an early adopter of functional fitness training, what inspired Julian to get involved with this type of training in 2001-02
  • the primary objectives of Europe Active across the fitness sector and how this impacts all fitness professionals
  • some of the challenges of driving the Europe Active vision across the continent
  • some of the success and highlights for Julian in working with an international organisation like Europe Active
  • ongoing professional development and Europe Active Lifelong Learning requirements.

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Keilir Health Academy, the parent company of Nordic Fitness Education, received their Europe Active accredited status in October 2017, with their certificate being presented by Julian at the 8th International Standards Meeting in Rome, November 2017.

Nordic Fitness Education have also now received full accredited status with Europe Active, being award in March 2020. The first online PT educator in Europe to receive this recognition.

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Left to right: Arnar Hafsteinsson (Director of Keilir Health Academy), Julian Berriman (Director of Professional Standards, Europe Active), Haddý Hafsteinsdóttir (IAK Programme Coordinator, Keilir)

To learn more about the European fitness standards as delivered by Europe Active please connect with them through any of the following means:


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 Julian Berriman


 Europe Active

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